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Essen Health Care’s Clinical Clerkship Program Announces Success of 17 Applicant Matches for Residency Programs

Essen Health Care’s Clinical Clerkship Program Announces Success of 17 Applicant Matches for Residency Programs

Bronx, NY, April 20, 2017– Essen Health Care proudly announced the successful match of 17 of its Clinical Clerkship Program participants to Residency Training Programs – a 68% success rate – at hospitals across the country. The placement offers were extended by a number of competitive hospitals in New York, including Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and New York–Presbyterian Hospital. Other notable placement locations included Capital Health Medical Center in New Jersey, Marshall School University of Medicine in West Virginia, and Berkshire Medical Center in Massachusetts.

“We are very excited for all the clerkship participants who matched this year. Their success is a testament to our clerkship program and will serve as role model for future residents,” said Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director of Essen Health Care.

Since its inception in 2005, Essen’s Clinical Clerkship Program has provided a vehicle for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to garner the domestic clinical experience necessary for U.S. residency program placement. The program is offered as either a part-time or full-time position, geared toward helping participants accrue clinical hours to more competitively position their application and enhanced qualifications for possible residency placement in the U.S. In addition to providing hands-on clinical experience, Essen Health Care offers opportunities for employment, networking, and research and publication outlets for all IMG program participants.

“The clerkship program has provided me with direct patient interaction, EHR experience and helped me increase my clinical skills. Overall it was an amazing experience” noted Mohammed Seth, a program participant who successfully matched in Internal Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center.

Initially launched with only a handful of dedicated IMGs, to the current longstanding enrollment of over 90 rotating members of various medical graduate specialties and levels, Essen’s Clinical Clerkship Program has ushered many aspiring physicians into the medical field throughout New York State and beyond.

“An IMG must overcome three major obstacles on the journey to residency – success on the USMLE, obtaining valuable clinical experience within the U.S. healthcare system, and earning strong, defining letters of recommendation. Essen provided all of the above plus an impressive learning environment, where I was able to gain clinical experience” shared Kevat Patel, a program participant who successfully matched in Internal Medicine at Marshall University School of Medicine.

For more information about Essen Health Care or its Clinical Clerkship Program please contact Abraham Gandi at 929-239-4160 or via email at


Metro Urgicare Announces Grand Opening of New Location in Allerton Section of the Bronx

March 6, 2017, Bronx, NY – Metro UrgiCare announced the upcoming grand opening of its newest Bronx location at 2720 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY, 10467. To mark the occasion, Metro UrgiCare will be hosting special guests, community‐based organizations, health champions, and community leaders for a celebration from 12:00PM‐2PM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. On hand to cut the ceremonious ribbon will be Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr.

The 2720 White Plains Road location will be the 6th facility opening since Metro UrgiCare opened its doors in the Bronx in 2015. The center provides care for patients of all ages, offering urgent care, employer health services, and basic wellness and prevention services. Metro UrgiCare locations are specially designed to increase access to medical care and to expedite the treatment of ailments that, although not life‐threatening, simply cannot wait. Walk‐in treatment is available for everyday illness and injury, including more advanced services such as IVs, labs, stitches and treatment for broken bones, sprains and strains. For greater patient convenience, pre‐registration and appointments can also be made via mobile app. Local employers can use Metro UrgiCare for employer health services including workers’ compensation, injury care, pre‐ and ongoing employment screenings, physicals and regulatory exams. Basic wellness and prevention services include sports physicals, routine physicals, and immunizations.

“Access to urgent care is an integral component of our approach to holistic patient‐centered care. Our mission is to provide the best care for our patients and to provide services that help foster a healthy community,” said Dr. Sumir Sahgal, President and Chief Medical Officer. “Everything about our Metro UrgiCare centers is focused on our patients – from weekend and extended hours to conveniently located state‐of‐the‐art facilities ‐ we are truly dedicated to providing high‐quality care when patients need it the most.” Caring for some of the poorest and sickest populations in the Bronx since 1999, through Metro UrgiCare’s parent company Essen Health Care, Dr. Sahgal recognized the growing evidence of the benefits of urgent care services and knew that offering the service was the right thing to do for patients and the community as a whole. Current and future expansion plans include locations where timely access to care is difficult to find. Metro UrgiCare will continue to expand throughout the Bronx and New York City area with a total of 10 facilities opening in 2017.
Founded in 2015, Metro UrgiCare is an urgent care organization based in New York City. Utilizing cutting‐edge technology and a patient‐centric model of care, Metro UrgiCare is dedicated to providing quality medical services, when patients need it the most. Our patients enjoy accessible rapid service and treatment, provided by expert clinicians and staff. For more information about Metro UrgiCare visit our website at or contact us at


Essen Health Care’s Health Home Program Empowers Patients to “Take Back” Their Health

When Benjamin Franklin wrote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” there was no way for him to know just how applicable his words would be, nearly three hundred years later, to our health care system. As the average cost of health care continues to rise, there is a concerted effort amongst health care professionals to empower and educate their patients to take on a more pro-active role in their own care management. For Tricia Williams, Care Coordinator at Essen Healthcare’s Health Home, it’s about making sure her patients know she’s out there fighting for them:

“It’s important to me to be a care coordinator because there are times when people need advocates. Our patients are like family. I want them to know that they matter and that they have a voice,” said Williams. Recognizing early on the importance of both team-oriented and patient-empowerment, Essen added Health Home Program to the umbrella of patient services in 2014 when the program was introduced by New York State.

“Health home allows us to bring care together by addressing issues that affect health and cannot be addressed in medical office” says Dr. Sahgal. “It brings care together.” As soon as patients are enrolled in Essen’s Health Home, they are assigned a dedicated care coordinator assesses their needs and develop a personalized health care plan. Care coordinators are responsible for managing and coordinating care plan to enable the patient to play a much more active role in their wellness. By combining telephonic outreach and home visits, care coordinators are better able to understand the variety of factors that are impacting their patient’s health.
Clinical coordinators are often able to prevent the progression of medical conditions simply by helping patients secure services or resources to address issues with: medication/appointment management; housing; transportation; mental health/substance abuse treatment; needed medical equipment, such as canes and walkers; and so much more.
Best of all, patients enrolled through Essen’s Health Home also have access to Essen Health Care’s entire network of medical providers, improving access and quality of care. Some of the medical services that Health Home patients have direct access to include: cardiology (heart wellness); dermatology (skin care); mental and behavioral therapy; podiatry (foot care); and pain management.
For Williams, the emphasis is less on what she can do for her patients and more on what she can help her patients do for themselves: “People do not always know how or where to get certain things they need, such as referrals or medical equipment.
The Health Home is especially important at this time because it helps keep people engaged in the community and out of the hospital or emergency room. We connect them to their communities and their caregivers…and we’re able to show them that they aren’t alone.”
                                                         Left to right: Tricia Williams,Donna Parsons, Dr. Sumir Sahgal
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